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Crown Sydney Architect Favors Taller Towers


22 Jul 2014, Sydney, Australia

The award-winning architect designing James Packer’s AUS $2 billion (US $1.9 billion) Barangaroo casino resort believes Sydney’s skyline would benefit from allowing the construction of taller towers. Read more.

Squatters Evicted from “Tower of David” Slum in Caracas


22 Jul 2014, Caracas, Venezuela

On July 22, Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world. Read more.

Controversial Vancouver High-Rise Moves Closer to Breaking Ground


18 Jul 2014, Vancouver, Canada

A controversial condominium development planned for Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood is one step closer to reality after it was conditionally approved by the city's Development Permit Board. Read more.

Tianjin’s “Manhattan Replica” Rises Against Backdrop of Vacancies


30 Jun 2014, Tianjin, China

China’s project to build a replica of Manhattan is taking shape against a backdrop of vacant office towers and unfinished hotels, underscoring the risks of a slowing economy due to the nation’s unprecedented investment boom. Read more.

Allianz Report Sets Out Risks of Supertall Towers


26 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

With values often exceeding $1 billion, the latest “supertall” (300 meters plus) or “megatall” (600 meters plus) buildings pose new challenges for insurers as well as for architects and contractors. Read more.

Julia Barfield Blasts Design of Two London Towers


25 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

Testifying before the London Assembly, the managing director of Marks Barfield has singled out Broadway Malyan’s The Tower, One St George Wharf, and BFLS’ Strata Tower as not being good enough for the city's skyline. Read more.

Glitzy Skyscrapers Could Ruin Mumbai’s Skyline


06 May 2014, Mumbai, India

Following recent declarations to turn Mumbai into India’s Shanghai, the city is facing concerns about several oddly-designed skyscrapers currently under development, many of which only look good at night when all lit up. Read more.

Skyscrapers Cast Shadows for Concerned Residents


25 Apr 2014, New York City, United States

Residents of New York City who frequent public spaces such as Central Park have recently raised concerns about the large shadows cast by surrounding skyscrapers, particularly One57, which is currently under construction south of the park. Read more.

High-Rise Development May Compromise “Living Skies”


22 Apr 2014, Saskatoon, Canada

The Saskatoon city council recently approved new regulations that would allow downtown buildings to be built taller, a measure that may compromise Saskatchewan's unparalleled views of the Canadian landscape and sky. Read more.

Sarawak Sees Increase in Demand for High-Rise Properties


22 Apr 2014, Kuching, Malaysia

The property buying trend in the Malaysian state of Sarawak has been notably moving towards condominium high-rise developments. High-rise condominiums provide security, parking and convenient access to amenities. Read more.

Arabtec Committed to Russian Projects Despite Ukraine Disputes


21 Apr 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia

Arabtec Holding, a United Arab Emirates-based engineering and construction group, has stated that it will not pull out from its current construction projects in Russia despite the conflicts with Ukraine, specifically the 398-meter Ohkta Centre. Read more.

Plan for Hertsmere Tower Deemed “Unrealistic” by Rivals


17 Apr 2014, London, United Kingdom

Irish developer Thomas Ryan's proposal for the Hertsmere Tower in the London Docklands has received criticism from the Canary Wharf Group. The tower is deemed "unrealistic" and "ambitious" in its current form. Read more.

West Loop Split on Tower Proposal


11 Apr 2014, Chicago, United States

Residents of the West Loop are of two minds over a proposed glass-box tower, citing concerns about the tower's height and appearance and its integration with the industrial character of the neighborhood. Read more.

Boston’s Healthy Tower Market Could be Boosted by New Mayor’s Tune


10 Apr 2014, Boston, United States

Boston skyline’s health is good, and “all boats are rising,” which may be aided by a shift in attitudes that has come with the changing of the mayoral guard in one of the United States’ oldest cities. Read more.

Support Grows for Retaining Bombed Oslo High-Rise


02 Apr 2014, Oslo, Norway

Support is growing for Transborder Studio's design to restore the Regjeringskvartalet area of central Oslo, which would involve preserving a high-rise government building at the center of the facility. Read more.

Prominent Architects Join London Anti-Tall Chorus


31 Mar 2014, London, United Kingdom

Numerous prominent architects, including some who have designed tall buildings in London, have joined the increasing uproar over tall-building construction in the British capital. Read more.

Prince Charles to UK Cities: “Abandon Skyscraper Plans”


27 Mar 2014, London, United Kingdom

Prince Charles, never a fan of modern architecture, has now taken aim at London’s penchant for building tall residences for the wealthy while a housing shortage is in full swing. Infill development of five to eight stories is preferred, the Prince said. Read more.

What Will Future Generations See on Yonge Street?


28 Feb 2014, Toronto, Canada

The Globe and Mail reports that tall buildings on Toronto's Yonge Street chronicle the history of architecture, with creativity that steeply drops as modern homogenous tall buildings steeply climb. Read more.

Video: Rem Koolhaas Explains De Rotterdam Complex


02 Dec 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dezeen has produced an exclusive interview with Rem Koolhaas, in which he tells the architecture website about his colossal new De Rotterdam Tower. The visibility of this latest tower is unique to the firm, as its previous tall-building designs have tended to be dwarfed by larger neighboring skyscrapers. Read more.

FT Evaluates Shanghai Tower’s Sustainability


26 Nov 2013, Shanghai, China

A recent article from The Financial Times delves into the Shanghai Tower and its implications to Chinese society and its much-talked-about sustainability. The Shanghai Tower will become the tallest building in China and the second tallest building in the world upon completion. Read more.

Aggregate Paper Looks Deeply into 30 St Mary Axe's Design


18 Nov 2013, London, United Kingdom

A recent academic paper, originally published on Aggregate's website, examines The Gherkin, the London office tower designed by Foster + Partners. Author Jonathan Massey introduces the concept of "Risk Design" by showing how the designers of the urban icon engaged and leveraged perceptions of risk. Read more.

Video: PARKROYAL on Pickering


18 Nov 2013, Singapore, Singapore

After placing as a finalist for the 2013 CTBUH Best Tall Building Asia & Australia, PARKROYAL on Pickering continues to win awards, including taking first place in the Hotels category of last month's Inside Festival. dezeen has produced a video featuring Wong Mun Summ of designer WOHA Architects explaining the project. Read more.

Council's 1 WTC Decision Makes Front Page News


13 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced on Tuesday, November 12, that it ratified the One World Trade Center's 1,776-foot height. The announcement of the decision sparked a media maelstrom, making it to the front page of four major US newspapers.Read more.

Eliot Brown Looks Eagerly to Council's November Decision on 1WTC


22 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

The Wall Street Journal's architecture critic, Eliot Brown, has written an article about One World Trade Center in anticipation of the Council's decision on the tower's architectural height. In the piece, Brown details the process of determining whether the building sports a spire or an antenna. Read more.

Jon Pickard Details Milwaukee Tower’s Gestation


01 Oct 2013, Milwaukee, United States

Following the announcement of the latest Pickard Chilton-designed tower, to be built in Milwaukee, The Wall Street Journal released an interview with co-founding principal Jon Pickard. In the interview, Pickard discusses the efforts that went into making the firm's tall building design become a reality. Read more.

Aqua Doppel-Gang-er Sprouting in Houston


01 Oct 2013, Houston, United States

PM Realty has started construction in Houston on a 40-story high-rise which is drawing criticism due to its close resemblance to Studio Gang's famed Aqua Tower in Chicago. Upon completion, in about two years, the 40-story 2929 Weslayan Houston tower could be Houston's tallest residential building. Read more.

CTBUH Leader Addresses High-Rise Living in London


30 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

CTBUH Research Working Group Co-Chair Philip Oldfield has written an editorial for The Guardian, expounding upon the benefits of high-rise living and the necessary steps needed to make tall buildings more attractive to a wider variety of residents. Read more.

Timber Tower Gets Times Treatment


24 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

In June, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill released its Timber Tower Research Project, a study of the possibilities of tall wood construction. In a recent story, The New York Times investigates SOM's findings, interviewing engineers who worked on the report and others involved in tall wood-building design. Read more.

Adrian Smith for Design Intelligence


20 Sep 2013, Chicago, United States

Adrian Smith writes for Design Intelligence in a recent piece, "The Advantages and Disadvantages of Building Tall," addressing the burning questions about the future of tall building development. Looking at topics including practicality, affordability and sustainability, Smith attempts to communicate why we build tall. Read more.

CTBUH Credited With Coining New Term


16 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

The opening paragraph of BD's weekend e-newsletter featured the Council's latest Tall Buildings in Numbers report on skyscraper 'vanity height.' Last week BD published an article covering the research topic, highlighting the fact that buildings in the UAE tend to feature the highest vanity height ratios. Read more.